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The Diva's Review of The Bank Job

 

The Diva's review of
The Bank Job(2008)

 

The Bank Job
Rated; running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes
Genre:Crime Drama
Written by : Dick Clement & Ian Lafrenais
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Cast: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays, James Faulkner, Alki David, Michael Jibson, Richard Lintern, Keeley Hawes, David Suchet
Theatrical release Date: 3/7/08



WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Terry Leather (Jason Statham),can best be described as an oily used car salesmen with a checkered past filled with debt. Despite this, he has a great wife Wendy (Keely Hawes)and family and he is trying to turn a new leaf. This attempt lasts right up until his old friend Martine Love (Saffron Burrows) pulls up to the curb with a no lose proposition.

She claims that her boyfriend is a security expert and that she has information that a safety deposit vault will not have security for a while. Besides the lack of security, people keep items in their boxes that they often don't declare - cash, jewels, bonds etc. They figure no one will want to admit to some of what they've stashed away in their boxes.

Terry agrees and with the help of a few friends, they come up with a plan. What Terry's crew doesn't know is that Martine is a double agent, if you will. She is acting on behalf of MI-5 (that's like the FBI or CIA) and her mission is to get the contents of box 118a nd MI-5 agent Tim Everett (Richard Lintern)knows that if they find out, it will change the scope of the heist. You see, the contents of box 118 are pictures of one of the Royals - a princess no less - in a threesome. What they also don't know is that the box is owned by Michael X. Depending on who you ask, he's either a great black power revolutionary or he is a pimp, drug dealer, thug, and just a criminal.

Terry and his crew quickly find themselves in the cat-bird seat, but how far are they willing to go. They are missing with some powerful people. Are they going to take the money and run or are they going to try to blackmail and hold out for more money? Whatever they decide to do, they are in over their heads.

The Dish

The Bank Job is based on the 1971 robbery that gripped London for a few days until a D-Notice was issued. A D-Notice is what the British Government releases to end press coverage in the interest of national security.

Not much is known about the incident because of the D-Notice so some of the story might be made of whole cloth. That said, 100% true or not, The Bank Job is a fun movie. It's well crafted and well paced. What kept me on the edge of my seat was not the crime, but the spoils of the crime. I could not wait to see which royal was supposedly in a compromising position and what would happen to the person who was no longer going to be able to blackmail anyone.

I was surprised with the subplot of Michael X. I'm not sure if what was depicted is the truth, or if the black movement was considered to be a joke by the writers. Black nationalists who cohort with white women and place them on pedestals. Irony or derision? We'll never know as Michael X was executed in 1975. If Michael X was truly a nationalist of note, one who ran with the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, then that is all erased and his memory sullied by this movie depicting him as a brutal low life. Then again, if it is the truth then shame on Michael.

In the end, I don't know what was real and what was fiction, but it sure was fun trying to figure it out.

The Directive

The Bank Job is great entertainment for grown folks. Check it out

3BC Ratings

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The Bank Job happily stole my attention


Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2008
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